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Review of the Selected Physics Books

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School Physics Books (up to 10+2 level)

IT JEE Physics (1978-2015: 38 Years) Topic-wise Complete Solutions Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 by Jitender Singh and Shraddhesh Chaturvedi are indispensable collection of 38 years IIT questions with solutions. Must have for JEE aspirants. The books are available exclusively on Amazon.

Concepts of Physics Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 by Prof H C Verma are recommended for students at 11th and 12th level. The book is highly useful for competitive examinations like IIT JEE etc. The books are easily available in bookstore as well as in online stores like Amazon and Flipkart.

Problems in General Physics by IE Irodov is well known for its classic problems. The pdf may be downloaded from Another small but great books by IE Irodov are Fundamental Laws of Mechanics and Basic Laws of Electromagnetism. Click to downloaded the pdfs of Fundamental Laws of Mechanics and Basic Laws of Electromagnetism.

Physics by Resnick and Halliday comprises of two volumes - Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. These are classic texts which do not need any introduction. Only drawbacks (for Indian students) are use of slightly complex English language and examples/exercises that does not connect with Indian culture. In this regard, we give higher rating to Concepts of Physics by Prof H C Verma.

Science for Everyone: Aptitude Test: Problems in Physics by S. S. Krotov is a small book containing 250 problems from mechanics, heat and molecular physics, electricity and magnetism and optics. These problems are based on physics olympiad paper. The book also provides solutions. The pdf of this book may be downloaded from here.

Foundation Science Physics for Class - 9 and Class - 10 by Prof H C Verma are recommended for 9th and 10th grade students, respectively. These books are meant to establish strong foundation in physics. The books are easily available in bookstores as well as in online stores like Amazon and Flipkart.

General Physics Books

100 Tips to Crack the IIT by Vivek Pandey and Paras Arora is a recommended book for IIT JEE aspirants. Both the authors are IIT graduates. This book not only gives general tips for IIT JEE, but also gives specific tips for Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. The book is available in paperback as well as in kindle format.

For the Love of Physics: From the End of the Rainbow to the Edge of Time - A Journey Through the Wonders of Physics by Walter Lewin is a nice book to read. Walter Lewin is a professor of physics at MIT. His video lectures on Youtube are a rich resource to learn and enjoy physics.

The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels Between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism is a 1975 book by physicist Fritjof Capra. This book explores the connection between physics and mysticism developed in India and China.

College Physics Books (BSc, MSc)

The Feynman Lectures on Physics by Richard P. Feynman comprises of three volumes, Vol. 1, Vol. 2, and Vol. 3. The first volume focuses on mechanics, radiation, and heat, including relativistic effects. The second volume covers electromagnetism and matter. The third volume discusses quantum mechanics; it shows, for example, how the double-slit experiment contains the essential features of quantum mechanics. These are essential reading, not just for students of Physics, but for anyone seeking an insightful introduction of the field. Also available online at California Institute of Technology website.

An Introduction to Mechanics by D. Kleppner and R. J. Kolenkow was the book used in first year physics course at IIT Kanpur. For 40 years, this classic text has introduced students to the principles of mechanics. The book is an excellent piece of work. The pdf of this book may be downloaded from here.

Introduction to Electrodynamics by David J. Griffiths. This book is known for its clear, concise, and accessible coverage of standard topics in a logical and pedagogically sound order. Its lean and focused approach employs numerous new examples and problems. The book contains a large number of solved and unsolved problems from electromagnetism. The pdf of this book may be downloaded from here .

Quantum Mechanics by Leonard I. Schiff is a well written book. The book is very concise and sometimes the reader may have to read its paragraphs two or more times to understand it fully. It is short and to the point without leaving out too much. Just the essentials. The book may be downloaded from

Introduction to Quantum Mechanics by David J. Griffiths. This book first teaches readers how to grasp quantum mechanics, and then provides them with a more insightful discussion of what it means. Fundamental principles are covered, quantum theory presented, and special techniques developed for attacking realistic problems. You may download the excerpt of the book from here.

Quantum Physics: Of Atoms, Molecules, Solids, Nuclei And Particles by Robert Eisberg and Robert Resnick. This book is an excellent introduction to Quantum Physics. The book gives the non-expert reader an insight into the tremendous explanatory power of quantum mechanics. It is primarily concerned with the understanding of concepts and ideas, rather than focusing on mathematical techniques. The book is recommended for any serious student of quantum physics. Google search may be used to find pdf of this book on internet e.g., here .

Introductory Nuclear Physics by Kenneth S. Krane. This comprehensive text provides an introduction to basic nuclear physics, including nuclear decays and reactions and nuclear structure, while covering the essential areas of basic research and practical applications. Discussions of theory are reinforced with examples which illustrate and apply the theoretical formulism, thus aiding students in their reading and analysis of current literature. Google search may be used to find pdf of this book on internet e.g., here .

Introduction to Atomic Spectra by Harvey Elliott White is a classic text on atomic spectra. You can download the pdf from

Fundamentals Of Statistical And Thermal Physics by F. Reif. The author's writing style and penchant for description energize interest in condensed matter physics as well as provide a conceptual grounding with information that is crystal clear and memorable. Reif introduces the basic probability concepts and statistical methods used throughout in the beginning. Statistical ideas are then applied to systems of particles in equilibrium to enhance an understanding of the basic notions of statistical mechanics, from which he derives the purely macroscopic general statements of thermodynamics. Next, he turns to the more complicated equilibrium situations, such as phase transformations and quantum gases, before discussing non-equilibrium situations in which he treats transport theory and dilute gases at varying levels of sophistication. In the last chapter, he addresses some general questions involving irreversible processes and fluctuations.

Optics by Eugune Hecht. Accurate, authoritative and comprehensive. The market leader for over a decade, this book provides a balance of theory and instrumentation, while also including the necessary classical background. The writing style is lively and accessible. Google search may be used to find pdf of this book on internet e.g., .

Optics by Ajoy Ghatak. This text provides a comprehensive, balanced account of traditional optics, as well as many of the recent developments in the field. Designed to meet the optics course requirements for undergraduate students of science and engineering, Optics is also an excellent reference source for practicing engineers wanting to obtain a greater understanding of optics.

Concepts of Modern Physics by Arthur Beiser. The book is designed in such a way that concepts are explained in a progressive and logical manner, thus ensuring that the student is not overloaded with excessive information. This text is segregated into numerous chapters, covering topics like nuclear transformations, cosmology, particle properties of waves, quantum mechanics, artificial radioactivity, the solid state, nuclear reactions, and others. To help in thorough comprehension of the matter, the book is interspersed with numerous solved and unsolved problems that range from simple to complex. Google search may be used to find pdf of this book on internet e.g., here.

Introduction to Solid State Physics by Charles Kittel. Introduction to Solid State Physics is the standard solid state physics text for physics students. The author goal from the beginning has been to write a book that is accessible to undergraduates and consistently teachable. The emphasis in the book has always been on physics rather than formal mathematics. The pdf of the book may be downloaded from